Collection Development Librarian

Library System/Company Name
Charleston County Public Library
Job Description

Branch Location:   Support Services

Reports To:  Acquisitions & Collection Manager

General Summary:

The Collection Development Librarian, under the general direction of the Acquisitions & Collection Manager, will evaluate, select, and maintain various library collections in multiple formats and age ranges.


All duties listed below are essential job functions for which reasonable accommodations will be made.  All job requirements listed indicate the minimum level of knowledge, skills and/or abilities deemed necessary to perform the job proficiently.  This job description is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities, or requirements.  Employees may be required to perform any other job-related tasks as requested by the Branch/Department Manager subject to reasonable accommodations.

Essential Roles and Responsibilities:

Selects a variety of new and replacement library materials (physical or electronic) for areas of assignment according to collection development theories and practices outlined in the CCPL Collection Development policy.
Utilizes vendor services and professional tools to evaluate, select, and purchase materials and resources in various physical and digital formats.
Collaborates closely with Acquisitions Department.
Makes selections in a timely manner and ensures that quantities meet demand.
Tracks materials budget expenditures and anticipates budget needs in assigned collection areas.
Reviews and evaluates patron and staff suggestion requests for inclusion in the library collection.
Ensures library collections are well balanced and contain appropriate subject variety and formats suitable to patron requirements.
Attends and participates in weekly departmental meetings.
Serves on library committees as directed by the Acquisitions & Collection Manager.
Answers assigned collection development questions from library staff through the departmental ticketing system/Help Desk.
Analyzes existing collections, community trends, and ILS data to identify the needs and interests of diverse communities, anticipates public demand, and improves collection performance.
Coordinates with Programming and Outreach Department regarding programming material needs related to the collection.
Interprets collection reports (e.g., circulation, dead item reports, grubby lists, collection turnover rates, holds ratios), generated by the ILS Manager and/or LibraryIQ.
Assists the Acquisitions & Collection Manager as the subject matter expert in their designated collection area (e.g., attending meetings with vendors to evaluate products and services).
Analyzes collection needs and works with appropriate team to redistribute material.
Maintains proficiency using vendor websites and platforms, the SirsiDynix Symphony ILS and other software tools.
Keeps informed of current services and trends related to collection development in public libraries.
Should be a good listener and communicator, present positive attitude, enjoy working cooperatively as a team member, and place top priority on customer service.
Must be flexible to assume additional responsibilities and scheduling requirements as needed to meet the coverage needs of the department.
Performs other duties as assigned.

Benefits and Compensation: 

Charleston County Public Library offers a comprehensive benefits package which includes Health, Dental, Vision and Life Insurance, Paid Vacation and Sick Leave, Paid Holidays, 401k, and a Pension Plan.

$53,248.00 - $59,966.40 annually commensurate with education and experience.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of library materials and collection development processes.
  • Ability to provide direction to branch staff for ongoing and acute collection maintenance.
  • Ability to use tact, courtesy and good judgment when communicating with coworkers, and the public.
  • Ability to demonstrate knowledge, appreciation, and understanding of library materials, both print and electronic.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and present ideas orally and in writing.
  • Ability to carry out assignments independently and work collaboratively with a team.

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Master of Library and Information Science degree from an ALA Accredited program.
  • 2 years library experience and 1-year supervisor preferred.
  • Eligible for or hold South Carolina State Library Certification. 
  • Must be able to work a flexible schedule including evenings and weekends.
  • Must be proficient in Microsoft Office suite, with the ability to learn and use new methods and emerging technical advances.
  • Must possess excellent customer service skills, ability to get along well with others and to communicate effectively with the public and with library staff, a strong work ethic.
How to Apply

Go to and fully complete the application form. You will also need to upload an updated resume and cover letter to the CCPL application.

North Charleston
South Carolina